Oaks Civic Association
P.O. Box 540331
Houston, Texas 77254
Voice: (713) 528-2622
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Boulevard Oaks General Information
Oaks is one of Houston's premier inner city neighborhoods, noted for
its beauty and grace. Located near Rice University, approximately four
miles southwest of Downtown, its boundaries are the Southwest Freeway
to the north, Morningside to the west, Bissonnet to the south, and
Graustark/Parkway to the east (plus the 5300 blocks of Cherokee and
Mandell, the 1700 blocks of Albans, Wroxton, Bolsover and Rice Blvd.,
and properties facing Ashby). There are more than 1,200 residences,
together with some 30 small businesses along Bissonnet and Sunset. See Map. A wide
variety of housing is found in the neighborhood ranging from old
mansions to bungalows, and a small section of ranch-style homes built
after World War II, though many have been recently replaced by larger
two-story homes. The advantages of Boulevard Oaks can be summed up
under three headings: location, beauty, and neighborhood culture.
and their civic associations in Houston usually mirror deed restricted
areas. Most neighborhoods having common deed restrictions contain
500 or more residences. However, the area within Boulevard Oaks
was developed over a period of 20 years, and 17 small deed restricted
areas emerged. These neighborhoods range from Broadacres, an area of 20
stately mansions having strict deed restrictions and a neighborhood
assessment system, to deed restricted areas of as few as four
residences. As a result, until 1980 the area had no common
identity as a neighborhood and no effective civic organization.
Oaks Civic Association
Oaks Civic Association (B.O.C.A) was founded in 1980 to provide an
effective umbrella civic association for these contiguous subdivisions,
although several of the original civic clubs remain in existence to
enforce deed restrictions. Since 1980, the identity of the neighborhood
of Boulevard Oaks has been established, and the area is becoming
increasingly familiar to Houstonians. The name was borrowed from the
Boulevard Oaks Ladies Club, a longstanding neighborhood
Membership in B.O.C.A.
is open to all residents and property owners. There are four categories
of annual membership fees: $50 for regular membership, $100 for sustaining
membership, $200 for patron membership, and $20 for tenants. Membership
is voluntary. The fiscal year is from 7/1 to 6/30. Download the membership
or use paypal to join or renew.
Oaks Patrol Service,
a non-profit corporation, is managed and comprised of the residents of
Boulevard Oaks and Southampton. The patrol is manned by Houston Police
and Harris County peace officers who drive a vehicle with roof lights.
The officers maintain a 24-hour a day, 365-day a year watch, protecting
approximately 2,500 residences. The patrol can be reached at 713-825-5555.
Click here to learn more about the Southampton/Boulevard
Oaks Patrol Service. Please be aware that the Patrol Service is separate
from BOCA and is overseen by its own five member board. Its name describes
the areas that the Patrol serves. Click
here for a patrol signup form. Or click
here to signup online.
Trees for Boulevard Oaks
of Boulevard Oaks is its magnificent arbor of over 2000 street trees.
Perfect geometric patterns of trees along the streets present the
predominant architectural feature in many areas of the neighborhood.
These trees not only provide greenery, quiet, and relief from the heat,
but due to their formal planting, also establish the character of
Boulevard Oaks as an urban neighborhood. Over the past 26 years Trees for Boulevard Oaks has raised over $250,000
to fund the planting of over 1,900 street trees. The program
also oversees the care and maintenance of new trees. A separate fund is
maintained by Trees for Houston for this project. An annual fundraising drive is conducted
each fall. Contributions to the tree program are fully tax deductible. For more information, visit the Tree Page, donate online, or mail checks payable to Trees for Houston to BOCA, PO Box 5402331, Houston, TX 77254.
B.O.C.A. Newsletter is published six times annually by the Boulevard
Oaks Civic Association and is delivered to all residents of the
neighborhood via door to door delivery and is posted on the website. If
you are interested in becoming a sponsor (distribution approximately
1260), contact the B.O.C.A. office at 713-528-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a price list.
Boulevard Civic Association has created Construction
Guidelines for the purpose of preserving the unique character of
our neighborhood. We ask that you keep these guidelines and a sense of
place and space in mind when renovating or building a new home, garage,
fence or driveway. It is important for us to work together to guarantee
that our neighborhood will be beautiful for years to come.
Periodically BOCA sends email alerts to its members. If you do not receive
these alerts and wish to receive them, send your name and email address
to email@example.com or
click below Your address will only be used by BOCA to alert you to important
neighborhood events and issues. BOCA does not share these addresses with
anyone under any circumstances.
If a person
were to take all of the places of interest in Houston and mark them on
a map, they would form a circle around Boulevard Oaks. With very
few exceptions, the places of interest in Houston can be reached from
Boulevard Oaks by city streets, not freeways, in less than 15
minutes. This circle includes the following:
Houston (including the symphony and opera halls), the University of
Houston (including its performing arts facilities and the Hofheinz
Pavilion athletic facility), the Hermann Park area (including the
Houston Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural Science), the
Texas Medical Center, (a regional and international health care center,
including over 29 hospitals and 10 educational institutions), the
Astrodome (home of the Houston Astros, the Rodeo, and Astroworld,
Houston's premier amusement park), Rice University, the Compaq Center
(home of the Houston Rockets), the Village shopping district, the
uptown shopping and hotel district (including the Galleria and a heavy
concentration of local, national and international retailing
establishments) and the River Oaks area. Included within this
circle are most of Houston's outstanding restaurants, stores and places
York Times on October 11, 1987 wrote the following about a Boulevard
stand at the foot of South Boulevard in Houston is to look down what is
perhaps the most magnificent residential street in America. Staged rows
of soaring live oaks form the vaulted arches of a great Gothic
cathedral over a grassy esplanade, lined with imposing yet graceful
mansions from the 1920s by such eminent architects of their day as John
F. Staub and Birdsall P. Briscoe."
Boulevard Oaks is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America.
This results primarily from its most prized possession; its street
trees. Yet the fabric is that of an urban neighborhood, not suburbia or
the country. The street trees form geometric architectural patterns and
sidewalks connect the houses. The feeling is always urban, although the
mood is one of charm, civility, grace and quietness. Boulevard Oaks is
not just a neighborhood of mansions, however. Residences range from
duplex apartments to modest bungalows to stately mansions. This is the
other side of Houston described in The New York Times as a place of
"grand houses, shade trees and quiet days."
here we do not mean the opera or the symphony, although they are
nearby. Rather we mean the quality of neighborliness and
commitment to family and home which characterize its residents and the
variety and diversity of the talents and interests of its residents.
Boulevard Oaks is not a showplace neighborhood. Its large stock
of modest housing is both home to many residents of more modest means,
and avoids an image of an enclave for the rich, especially those who
have just arrived. Proximity to Rice University, probably the
outstanding university of the South, has always been an important
shaping characteristic of the neighborhood. Its urban character
attracts those who are comfortable living in the city. The
neighborhood culture of Boulevard Oaks is special.
Most of the
premier private schools of Houston are convenient to Boulevard Oaks,
such as St.John's, Presbyterian School, Kincaid, St. Agnes and Strake.
However, the public schools of the area are strong and attract many if
not most, neighborhood children. Poe Elementary School is
actually located within Boulevard Oaks, and is considered one of the
best public elementary schools in Houston. Neighborhood
residents worked hard to rescue the school from near collapse in the
1960s and the many neighborhood children in this excellent school have
the opportunity to study with a rainbow of children representing every
culture found in Houston. Lanier Middle School is nearby, and
maintains a separate Vanguard Program for gifted students. Lamar
High School has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and presently
offers an international baccalaureate program for gifted students, as
well as special college prep magnet programs. Within each of
these schools will be found a large group of students representative of
the residents of Boulevard oaks. There will also be found large
numbers of students representing all economic and cultural groups that
make up modern-day America. Boulevard Oaks residents are proud of their
Houses of Worship and Other Institutions
Oaks is ringed by synagogues and churches of all denominations,
including many of the principal city churches of Houston. These
include First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's Methodist Church, South
Main Baptist Church, St. Anne's Catholic Church, Palmer Memorial
Episcopal Church, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Christ the King
Lutheran Church, Temple Emanuel, First Christian Church and the 4th
Church of Christ, Scientist. In addition to West University
Little League and soccer, excellent children's sports programs are
available trhough area churches.
Place Association and Super Neighborhood is a strong, cohesive family
of area neighborhoods, businesses and institutions including BOCA,
Southampton and the Extension, Southgate, the Village, Rice University,
Old Braeswood, Museum Area Municipal Association, Morningside Place and
others. A 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, University Place
Association is operated exclusively for the promotion of common civic
goals. University Place began as a project of BOCA in 1992 and served
as the model for the city’s super neighborhood program. University
Place was among the first three approved super neighborhood councils
officially recognized by the City of Houston. Its boundaries are US59,
Kirby, Brays Bayou and Main Street. BOCA contains a quarter of the
area’s 6,000 households. Your BOCA dues help support this organization.